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Divided California Assembly approves bill prohibiting COVID-19 misinformation from providers

| Jun 2, 2022 | California

Should California be able to govern the speech of medical professionals for the sake of preventing misinformation? Based on the Assembly’s recent passage of Assembly Bill 2098, the majority of the chamber’s representatives think it should. The legislation did, however, receive 20 “no” votes and has been the subject of...[ Read More ]

In-person learning on track for rest of school year, but Oregon health officials urge mitigation strategies for COVID

| May 18, 2022 | Oregon

While Oregon schools will be operating with in-person learning practices in place through the remainder of the year, health officials urge caution as the COVID-19 BA.2 subvariant continues to spur a rise in cases.     State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger issued a media briefing on various...[ Read More ]

BA.2 variant pushing a spike in COVID-19 cases in Alaska

| May 18, 2022 | Alaska

The BA.2 variant has become the dominant COVID-19 strain in Alaska, and is pushing a spike in case counts in the state.     Alaska had 1,675 positive COVID cases from May 11th-17th. That was an 11% increase from the previous week (May 4th-10th), in which the state had 1,506...[ Read More ]

Although reported numbers are unreliable, Oregon health officials indicate rise in COVID cases

| May 5, 2022 | Oregon

While the current case count data is largely unreliable due to several factors, Oregon health officials estimate that positive COVID-19 diagnoses are on the rise. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Patrick Allen updated Oregon Health Policy Board members on case counts Tuesday.   “The nature of the numbers we’ve been...[ Read More ]

Bill to allow clergy to visit LTC patients advances in second chamber

| Mar 21, 2022 | Arizona

Building off of a bill he passed last year in the Arizona Legislature allowing clergy to visit patients in hospitals, Rep. Quang Nguyen (R - Prescott) is sponsoring a bill to implement the same visitation rights for residents of long-term care facilities. The legislation passed the House with a near-unanimous...[ Read More ]

Colorado hospitals deactivate the Combined Hospital Transfer Center

| Mar 3, 2022 | Colorado

The Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC), a statewide collaboration between hospitals and health systems across Colorado that was developed in 2020 and activated at two points during the COVID-19 pandemic to address rising hospitalizations and capacity challenges, was deactivated [on Tuesday]. During the recent activation for the surges of Delta...[ Read More ]